Academic journal article Language Arts

Deadliest Animals

Academic journal article Language Arts

Deadliest Animals

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Deadliest Animals Written by Melissa Stewart National Geographic Society, 2011, 48 pp., ISBN 978-1-4263-0757-7

On the front cover, a snarling lion with jagged teeth and menacing eyes looks as if it is ready to attack. Curious children will turn the page to learn that this powerful predator skillfully stalks its prey and is able to take down animals ten times its size. Brilliant colorful photographs accompany the text revealing a pride of lions eating a meal. But is the lion the deadliest beast in the world? The use of questions and text boxes invites children to keep reading to find out the different surprises in our natural world. Some deadly animals are smaller than the palm of our hand. Other deadly animals only eat plants. And a few deadly animals live closer to us than we think. The definition of a "deadly animal" is continually revised as the book discusses other fascinating species, including polar bears, snakes, stonefish, frogs, and more.

Yellow yield signs disclose supplementary information, and headstones tell the number of people who die from each animal. …

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